The Elmira Deputy Fire Chief says large icicles bring two different dangers: potential for icicles to fall on people—and possible damage to your roof and gutters. The deputy chief says falling icicles causing injuries are not common, but it does happen. He reminds business and homeowners that there could be liability issues if someone is hurt by falling ice on your property. To avoid the danger, try to take care of the ice in the first place.
”Certainly a business or a home with icicles forming over a walkway or an entryway, they are a hazard,” said Dep. Chief Dan Sincock. “You should remove them safely with a long pole or something if you can knock them free and clean them up I would certainly recommend that.”
Sincock reminds us to only do that if we can safely. Icicles can also pull down gutters or cause structural damage to your house, so can ice dams or buildups on your roof. Many housing and construction companies also say ice buildup can be a sign of heat escaping from the house to the roof, something that costs you money on your energy bills.